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Man Gets Dragged After Telling Mums That They Really Don’t Need Epidurals When Giving Birth

Man Gets Dragged After Telling Mums That They Really Don’t Need Epidurals When Giving Birth

Some random dude on the internet has decided that women — ALL WOMEN — really don’t need an epidural during labour because his wife didn’t require one when she gave birth.

I shit you not.

Writer Nicole Cliffe tweeted a screenshot of a Reddit post from an unnamed father of two who thought it would be a good idea to share his feelings about whether or not women really need an epidural.

The screenshotted text reads: “Personal Opinion: My wife gave birth to two babies, 9lbs 10oz (10 hrs labour) and 8lbs 6oz (only 2 hrs for the second baby). No epidural. Women don’t NEED them at all. Never have. Since we only started using them in modern medicine. But hey, what do I know. I’m just the dude who held her hand through it twice.”

I like how he prefaced his statement with “Personal Opinion” like that gives him the right to dictate to every woman on the planet what they should do with their own bodies. Hey, it’s just my personal thoughts, ladies! We’re still allowed to have those right? Right?

Yeah, no.

It went exactly as expected. The deluded individual got spectacularly dragged by loads of women on Twitter, and happily, a fair number of men as well.

Giving birth is not a competition, and there is no reward for drug or intervention-free delivery. There are also no rewards for telling half the population that they don’t need pain relief during the most universally agreed-upon painful thing a human being can go through. ESPECIALLY if you’ve never gone through it yourself, and EVEN MORE SO if you don’t have a uterus to begin with.

This absolute fartnugget and a half can go take a hike.


Source: Twitter/Nicole Cliffe and Giphy

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!


  1. After 32 hours of HELLISH labour BEFORE the epidural, agreeing to one was the best thing I could have done. I actually managed a couple of hours pain-free and recouped my energy enough to deliver my bub.
    Lovely that this guy’s wife had relatively short deliveries, but when labours are long, and difficult, epidurals definitely have their place!

  2. I would love to witness the consequences of him saying that to a lady in labor who loses consciousness during contractions due to the severity of the pain. I love the comments of Glenn and Tim.

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